Wild swimmers revolt over British Triathlon efforts prevent people swimming in cold water

Wild swimmers revolt over British Triathlon efforts prevent people swimming in cold water

Sh2out dismissed claims that the guidelines will lead to a fall in open water swimming, pointing to the rise in participation rates since their introduction two years ago.

A spokesperson  for the Sh2out partnership said: “Whilst we would always encourage swimmers of any age or ability, to take sensible precautions before they swim, it would be naïve to think that anyone could ‘police’ or restrict the desire of someone determined to swim anywhere they chose, through Sh2out or by any other means.

“Sh2out is not designed to be a ‘one size fits all’ approach as in practical terms, this simply isn’t possible but rather, Sh2out aims to provide a framework of advice, guidance and support for venues, who want to maximise their water assets and increase their leisure offering, to the communities they serve, however they see fit.”   “Sh2out is designed to facilitate open water swimming for the benefit of everyone, making it accessible, safe, affordable and inclusive. 

“Swimmers who see accredited venues as ‘restrictive’, ‘regulated’ or ‘killjoys’, are free to swim where they feel better suits their needs.”

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